Graffiti and Street Art

Great design doesn’t just happen on paper. The history of street art stretches back to Pompeii, and it continues to have a prominent role in the political upheaval of the 21st century. Print is dedicated to finding amazing street art and graffiti art from New York City to Cairo. Covering the history of street art, we also look at stencils, posters, and more great DIY design.

The Dafen Village Mural Project in Shenzhen, China, Part 2

The reproduction oil painting neighborhood of Dafen, in the boom city of Shenzhen, China (this history is covered in part 1), posed an interesting question: What do you do in a boom city when its artist district, as it has organically formed, produces art that the art world sneers at? Since 1979, Shenzhen has...

Inside Mike Shine's Surf Shack

Bolinas, California — A  haven for a spirited community of surfers, artists, and musicians located 30 miles north of San Francisco. A concrete ramp with graffiti-covered sides leads you down to the beach, and those in the know will recognize the art of Mike Shine on these walls. Bolinas is the home of Shine’s...

The Worst Designs in the World? Welcome to "The Eddies"

In the August “Rants + Raves” issue of Print (on sale now!), 11 designers dish on the things they love about the current state of design, and, juiciest of all, the things they hate. To follow up on this conversation, we thought it would be fun to set up a new forum where the...

The Dafen Village Mural Project in Shenzhen, China

I just got back from a mural project at the Dafen Art Museum in Shenzhen, China. Shenzhen is just across the river from Hong Kong, and it’s one of China’s mainland boom cities. Since 1979, when it received a special designation from Deng Xiaoping as a “Special Enterprise Zone,” it’s grown from a collection...

Faile Erects a Ruined Temple in Lisbon

Last month, street art collective Faile finished a public installation in conjunction with the Portugal Arte 10 festival in Lisbon. The duo’s creation, Temple, is a full-scale, half-demolished wreckage of a church constructed in Praça dos Restauradores Square. Here’s how the collective describes the concept: Temple marks the duo’s migration from a more strictly...

Beyond the Street, Reviewed

Beyond the Street, a very large release from Gestalten and edited by Patrick Nguyen and Stuart Mackenzie, sprawls through “the 100 leading figures in urban art.” If I look through it as a collection of what essentially amount to magazine interview-style pieces, it both reads and looks great. Many of the images seem exclusive...

How Do You Like Javier Bardem Apples?

Does the internet suffer from a shortage of funny pop-culture based Photoshop mashup images? No. But I have a special love for the excruciatingly pun-packed photochops of Thighs Wide Shut. Thanks, TWS, for 6+ years of excellent service so far. Halloween costume recommendation, 2008: Regarding Javier Bardem’s Best Supporting Actor win at the 2008...

The Writing of Art, The Art of Writing

The heated comment thread on HTMLGIANT that came up when Michael Jacobson’s new book, The Giant’s Fence, was mentioned, raises a great point about how we approach language. Jacobson advocates a form of writing that he calls “asemic writing”—that is, writing with no semantic content. No one stares at a canvas of abstract art...

Lunch Break Video: Blu's "Big Bang Big Boom"

BIG BANG BIG BOOM: an unscientific point of view on the beginning and evolution of life … and how it could probably end. Direction and animation by BLU Production and distribution by ARTSH.it Soundtrack by Andrea Martignoni Print interviewed Blu in its June 2008 issue. You can order that issue here.

Nicaragua Spraycation, Part 2

[Read Part 1] I asked the Nicaraguan graffiti writers what had gone down, how Daniel Ortega came to be the most up man in Nicaragua. They explained that in one night, in a massive piece of political organizing, small groups of Ortega supporters across the country were handed cans of paint and got to...